Book: Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection

MSPress has turned up from Amazon today. This is a hefty book - at 816 pages it weighs a ton but there’s plenty of detail.

It’s a bit early for me to give you an idea of what the book is like, but from the brief look I’ve had it’s worth a place in your library if you’ll be dealing with Windows 2008’s networking features. The section dedicated to NAP takes up just under 1/2 of the book with some clear explanations of it’s components.

Here’s a list of the contents so you can see for yourself what’s in this book:

Part I Addressing and Packet Flow Infrastructure

  • IPv4
  • IPv6
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Policy-Based Quality of Service
  • Scalable Networking

Part II Name Resolution Infrastructure

  • Domain Name System
  • Windows Internet Name Service

Part III Network Access Infrastructure

  • Authentication Infrastructure
  • IEEE 802.11 Wireless Networks
  • IEEE 802.1X-Authenticated Wired Networks
  • Remote Access VPN Connections
  • Site-to-Site VPN Connections

Part IV Network Access Protection Infrastructure

  • Network Access Protection Overview
  • Preparing for Network Access Protection
  • IPsec Enforcement
  • 802.1X Enforcement
  • VPN Enforcement
  • DHCP Enforcement

What was a pleasant surprise is that you get a complete PDF version on the included CD, as well as 2 more books in PDF format: Understanding IPv6 2nd Edition (complete version too) and TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows. Not bad for £26.

Sadly for any Australian readers, you won’t be getting anywhere near that price. These best I’ve found is $89.95 AU from Booktopia. That price difference doesn’t sound fair to me.